Bill Weld is taking a second shot at that 2016 presidential endorsement.
After Jeb Bush — who the former Massachusetts governor backed in September — suspended his campaign, Weld is now endorsing Ohio Gov. John Kasich for the Republican nomination.
Kasich’s campaign announced the endorsement Monday, just two days after Bush dropped out after the South Carolina primary.
“I have known John Kasich for twenty years and he is a born executive,’’ Weld said in a statement. The 70-year-old served as Massachusetts governor from 1991 to 1997, when he was nominated to serve as U.S. ambassador to Mexico. Weld withdrew his name from consideration in the face of Senate opposition to his appointment.
“Being governor is the type of experience that prepares you to be President,’’ Weld’s statement continued. “John Kasich hasn’t just talked about balancing budgets and growing jobs, he’s actually done it. His tremendous record and results-oriented conservative leadership in Ohio is exactly what we need in the White House.’’
Kasich returned the nice words, affirming that indeed the two governors had known each other for many years.
“I have known Governor Weld for many years and respect his long commitment to serving our country,’’ he said in a statement. “It’s an honor to have his support as we continue to grow our team and move deeper into the primary calendar.’’
Clarification: A previous version of this story stated William Weld was appointed U.S. ambassador to Mexico. Weld was nominated to serve as the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, but withdrew his name from consideration in the face of Senate opposition to his appointment.